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Fire departments receive pet respirators

Officials with Every Snout Counts presented Prince Edward County Fire Departments with pet respirator kits Tuesday, March 3, at the Farmville Fire Department.

Through fundraising efforts by the Farmville Fire Department Auxiliary along with the Southside SPCA COOLE Committee Holiday Auction and the help of Every Snout Counts, pet respirator kits were given to all fire departments in the county.

“We are fortunate to have such a progressive auxiliary that not only provided the mask for our department but our neighboring departments as well,” Farmville Fire Chief Dean Farmer said.

Farmville Fire Department Auxiliary, President Deana J. Bennett said helping pets is just part of the Auxiliary’s job.

“Part of the Farmville Fire Department Auxiliary’s mission is to develop and implement fundraisers to support the Farmville Fire Department and our community,” Bennett said.

Farmville Fire Department, Darlington Heights, Hampden-Sydney, Meherrin, Pamplin, Prospect and Rice Volunteer Fire Departments all received pet respirator kits.

“The oxygen masks are for any size animal with a snout so that it can be used in an emergency for dogs, cats, hamsters, almost all family pets,” Bennett said.

According to Every Snout Counts website, more than 40,000 pets are lost in house fires every year. The organization works to drastically lower that number by providing pet respirator kits in every fire truck.